Interview: Sibusile Xaba Shares The Creative Process Behind His Debut Album

South Africa guitarist and songwriter, Sibusile Xaba takes you on an enchanting journey through time and space on his new double disc album, Open Letter to Adoniah and Unlearning. The debut album, released via independent label and incubator, Mushroom Hour Half Hour is an amazing project rooted in the freedom of improvisation and spirituality which … Continue reading Interview: Sibusile Xaba Shares The Creative Process Behind His Debut Album

Album Review: Pop Makossa Takes You Back To Cameroon’s Famous Disco Craze

What did Cameroon sound like in the 70s and 80s? What sound gleamed dancehalls and bounced of the shimmering shirts and oily curls of dancers shaking off stress at the end of the week? What rhythms reverberated the nuances of ever-changing lives for young Cameroonians who grew up in the new found freedom of independence? … Continue reading Album Review: Pop Makossa Takes You Back To Cameroon’s Famous Disco Craze

Film Review: “Ouaga Girls” Shows The Young Women of Burkina Faso Like Never Before

Against the constant humming of motorbike engines in the pastel grey skies of the Sahel-Sahara, a group of young women seek out opportunities in the midst of a breeze of political change. Ouaga Girls by director, Theresa Traore Dahlberg shows a cross-sectional view of the lives of young women in Burkina Faso. The 83min documentary … Continue reading Film Review: “Ouaga Girls” Shows The Young Women of Burkina Faso Like Never Before

Film Review: UPRIZE! A Critical Look At The Infectious Spirit of Student Resistance in South Africa In 1976

Sifiso Khanyile’s documentary released in 2017 is a brilliant exposé on how the student uprising of 1976 became a landmark pit-stop on the road to liberation of the black South African

Oumou Sangare Charms “Today’s People” with new album “Mogoya”

On this new LP, what you get from Oumou Sangare is what you would expect from a seasoned musician and more. She gives you the tenderness of her past, seasoned with the sweet promise of tomorrow without laboring you with too much or stepping away from who she is and what she stands for.

Album Review: Sena Dagadu liberates Afro-Soul on “Feathers”

Ghanaian-Hungarian singer, Sena Dagadu is clearing her own sacred groove in the growing neo afro-soul scene. The long-time member of indie band, label and incubator Irie Mafia, spreads her wings towards new horizons on her latest release, Feathers. The afro-soul songstress’ third studio album is a compact yet explosive exposition of the growing afro-soul sub-genre … Continue reading Album Review: Sena Dagadu liberates Afro-Soul on “Feathers”

Revisiting Bubblegum Pop from South Africa with Umoja 

  Contemporary South Africa music tends to be driven by electronic music, especially post apartheid music like Kwaito. Musicians in the 80s, attracted to the warbly yet syrupy sounds from cryptic synthesizers, organs and guitars helped lay the foundations for the deep house and Kwaito craze that dominates current South african music.  Bubblegum pop and … Continue reading Revisiting Bubblegum Pop from South Africa with Umoja